Kentucky Derby 2021 - Road to the Kentucky Derby


Essential QualityAll fingers are crossed that Kentucky Derby 2021 will go as planned on the first Saturday in May following the rescheduling of the 2020 Derby. If that is the case, the prep schedule will look much more like we are usually accustomed to. For the first time in the points era, preps in California, New York, Florida and Kentucky will be run without Lasix. Horses who do run on the medication will not receive Derby points. Those horses are designated with a [*] in the chart.

Essential Quality, who has won the Breeders' Futurity and Breeders' Cup Juvenile, already has thirty points - but time will tell if he will have much more work to do to earn a berth. The remaining hopefuls have plenty of time and opportunities to vault their way up the Derby point leaderboard.

The following are results of each prep race and points earned. The table will be updated reflecting any changes to the schedule.

DateRace Track Distance 

1st (points)

2nd (points) 3rd (points) 4th (points) 
Sept. 5Iroquois Churchill Downs 1 mileSittin on Go (10)Midnight Bourbon (4) Super Stock (2) Therideofalifetime (1) 
Sept. 26 American Pharoah Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles Get Her Number (10) Rombauer (4) Speilberg (2) Waspirant (1) 
Oct. 3

 Breeders' Futurity Keeneland
1 1/16 miles
Essential Quality (10) Keepmeinmind (4)Super Stock (2)Upstriker (1)
Oct. 10Champagne Belmont Park 1 mile Jackie's Warrior (10) Reinvestment Risk (4) Midnight Bourbon (2)  Civil War (1) 
Nov. 6Breeders' Cup Juvenile Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles Essential Quality (20) Hot Rod Charlie (8) Keepmeinmind (4) Jackie's Warrior (2) 
Nov. 28Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 1 1/16 miles Keepmeinmind (10) Smiley Sobotka (4) Arabian Prince (2) Swill (1) 
Dec. 5Remsen Aqueduct 1 1/8 miles Brooklyn Strong (10) Ten for Ten (4) Known Agenda (2) Pickin Time(1) 
Dec. 18Springboard Mile Remington Park  1 mile Señor Buscador*(4) CowanRed N'WildSaffa's Day
Dec. 19Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos 1 1/16 miles (10) Spielberg(4) The Great One(2) Petruchio(1) Red Flag
Jan. 1Jerome Aqueduct 1 mile (10) Kapo Cane(4) Eagle Orb(2) Hold the Salsa(1) Swill
Jan. 2Sham Santa Anita 1 mile (10) Life is Good(4) Medina Spirit(2) Parnelli(1) Waspirant
Jan. 16 Lecomte Fair Grounds 1 1/16 miles (10) (4) (2) (1) 
Jan. 22 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 1 mile (10)  (4) (2) (1) 
Jan. 30 Robert B. Lewis  Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles (10)(4) (2)(1)
Jan. 30Holy Bull  Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 miles(10)(4)(2)(1) 
Feb. 6Withers Aqueduct 1 1/8 miles (10) (4) (2) (1) 
Feb. 6Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 miles (10) (4) (2) (1) 
Feb. 13 El Camino Real Golden Gate 1 1/8 miles (AW) (10) (4) (2) (1) 
Feb. 13Risen StarFair Grounds 1 1/8 miles (50) (20) (10) (5) 
Feb. 15 Southwest Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 miles (10)  (4) (2) (1) 
Feb. 27Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 miles (50) (20)  (10) (5) 
Mar. 6Gotham Aqueduct1 mile (50)(20)(10) (5) 
Mar. 6Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs1 1/16 miles (50) (20)  (10) (5) 
Mar. 6San Felipe Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles (50) (20) (10) (5) 
Mar. 13 Rebel Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 miles (50)  (20)  (10) (5) 
Mar. 13 Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park 1 1/8 miles (AW) (100) (40) (20) (10) 
Mar. 20Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 1 3/16 miles (100)  (40) (20) (10) 
Mar. 27 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 1 1/8 miles (100) (40) (20) (10) 
Apr. 3 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita 1 1/8 miles(100)(40)(20)(10) 
Apr. 3Wood MemorialAqueduct 1 1/8 Miles(100)(40)(20)(10)
Apr. 10Arkansas DerbyOaklawn Park 1 1/8 miles (100) (40) (20) (10) 
Apr. 2021Blue Grass Keeneland 1 1/8 miles (100) (40) (20) (10) 
Apr. 2021LexingtonKeeneland 1 1/16 miles (20)(8)(4)(2)


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